Davis Park Beach is a section of stunning coastline near the hamlet of Davis Park on Fire Island, New York. The beach is part of the Fire Island National Seashore which is mostly dog-friendly, but has access restrictions for pets in place during the breeding season of beach-nesting seabirds such as pipers and plovers. The access restrictions run from mid-March through to September.
This beach in Davis Park can only be reached by taking a ferry to Fire Island from Patchogue in Long Island. The service is operated by the Davis Park Ferry company. The sailing across Great South Bay takes around twenty minutes. An adult ticket costs $9 one way or $17 for a roundtrip. Dogs need to have a ticket too. Their fare, no matter what size of dog, is $6 for a roundtrip. There are no one-way tickets available for canine passengers. For human passengers, there are several multi-journey passes available which start at twenty trips for $160. Expect to pay additional charges for surfboards, cycles or carts.
Dogs love a stroll along this expanse of sand once the breeding season is over. They do need to be leashed, and pet parents should avoid taking them near the picnic areas. Leashed dogs can be walked all year round on the extensive boardwalks along the seafront. A short leash, less than six foot, is recommended. This helps prevent dogs from getting burs caught in their fur. All excrement must be removed from the environment it's deposited in and disposed of in a suitable trash receptacle when one is encountered. Used poop bags cannot be left on the beach or boardwalks under any circumstances.
Pet parents taking their dog for a day out on the Davis Park beach are advised to take some provisions with them and particularly plenty of drinking water for their pup. Note that Davis Park has very few amenities such as bars, restaurants or shops, and has no public transport, so plan accordingly.